For our second HOHOL for JSMN buddy reads, we had a very late dinner (thanks to the unbelievable metro traffic) in Duck & Buvette in Shangri La Mall. I think this was one of the restaurants with few diners, the reason why the place was picked.
The restaurant looks warm and homey and I think can accommodate more than 30 diners. I really loved the rustic look and their furniture doesn’t look massed produced, off the rack pieces. I especially liked the bar design – half round, 3/4 inch untreated moldings, which gave natural warmth and look over the bottle-filled shelves in the backdrop.
There were a lot to choose from their menu and it was hard picking which sounds delicious. We ended up ordering: Angus Meatballs (Php 240), Grilled Chicken Provencal (Php 320), Duck Ragu Pappardelle (Php 380), Chocolate Sourdough Pudding (Php 180) and The Earl’s Cheesecake (Php 190). The Angus Meatballs were just okay and a bit disappointing to see it only had 8 pieces of meatballs over a plate of fresh tomato sauce. The Grilled Chicken Provencal was better, it’s char-grilled chicken served with fresh tomato sauce and a cup of rice. The Duck Ragu Pappardelle was a bit bland, it’s also served in tomato sauce. I didn’t like it much because I want my tomato-based pasta a bit on the sour, tangy side so it didn’t fit well with me. Also, we didn’t realize we ordered food all served in tomato sauce until it was ll in front of us basking in tomato-ey glory, haha. For dessert we had Chocolate Sourdough Pudding served with vanilla icing, I loved this because of the consistency of the bread – soft, moist and compliments the sweetness of the ice cream. We also had The Earl’s Cheesecake, a creamy cheesecake with hints of tea.
This place is a bit high-end based on the price and serving size. It’s a good place to have light meals and desserts but not an ideal place to have a full meal. Their entree meals are average and not something I will go back to eventually although I might drop by for their desserts. I heard their waffles are the bomb but we were not able to try them out since we came too late and it’s already out of stock.
Duck & Buvette
Address: 2nd Level, Main Wing, Shangri La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Store Hours: 11am – 9pm, daily
Budget: Php 500-1200